Oklahoma State University has filed a lawsuit against Daniel Webster Keogh, former director of Triton Scientific, which was contracted to run OSU-Multispectral Laboratories.
UML conducts research on drones for the federal government. Representative of UML said no federal or state funds were involved in the schemes and no classified information appears to have been stolen.
Keogh's wife, Danielle, is also named in the lawsuit, which alleges some of the missing money was used to support an upscale dress shop in Oklahoma City and other funds were ferreted away in overseas banks in Cyprus, the Oklahoman said Sunday in reporting the FBI's involvement.
Daniel Keogh says the money was lost to a man who called himself "Jay Moore," who said the funds would be used to secure $13.4 million in funding for other projects for University Multispectral Laboratories. Keogh says he sent the money to "Moore," but never got the funding.
Court documents indicated the money ended up in Cyprus, the Oklahoman said.
Daniel Webber, an attorney representing the Keoghs, said allegations in the suit were false.
Keogh was forced from his position at the lab in late 2012.
OSU also accused Keogh of creating false or inflated invoices indicating UML owed Triton $5.68 million, then selling the unpaid invoices to The Receivables Exchange, an online marketplace that buys and sells accounts receivable.
The Receivables Exchange is suing OSU and UML to collect the $5.68 million.